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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Make Believe

Make Believe floral art design by Christine de Beer

a flower

Eucalyptus blossoms from leaves and twigs

that is not

Easy crafts using natural plant material

a flower

Crafting with eucalyptus

but

Eucalyptus floral design that is eco friendly and sustainable

is a flower…

Radiating floral design tutorial

IS

Making flowers from foliage

of course a flower.

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Tutorials

8 June 2022 Eucalyptus leaf and twig blossoms in a radiating puddle of stems

Just look at that puddle! This design is all about the fresh eucalyptus... but in a cooling down for summer kind of way.

30 December 2015 Eucalyptus rose

Release the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors from the Eucalyptus leaves my slightly crushing it while making roses

7 January 2015 Securing a kenzan

Temporarily adhere a traditional Ikebana Kenzan or pincushion to a shallow container.

28 February 2011 Paper flowers

You can use any type of paper to make flowers. I use tissue paper, Crêpe paper, cardboard, newsprint and coffee filters (new and used) to make sweet peas, carnations, paper...

26 August 2015 Skeleton Hydrangea Petal Blossoms

Use the skeleton petals of hydrangeas to create blossoms

6 September 2011 Autumn leaf Roses

I used to make baskets full of these when I was a little girl. We had a big Acasia thorn tree and I used to spear my “roses” onto the tree pretending I was the fairy responsible...

4 September 2019 Stack banana leaf rice pockets to float as rosettes

Fold and peg banana leaves into pockets so that they float freely on water. This is inspired by a traditional banana leaf craft used to cook rice in.

15 November 2017 Kenzan leaf rack

Line and position pretty autumn leaves.

12 June 2019 Loop-over grass veil for a cool summer design

A cool and minimal floral design for summer.

7 August 2019 Where to cut Gladiolus spikes shorter

Gladiolus stems can be cut into sections so that it appears natural and well groomed.

7 August 2019 A Three level Kenzan skewer stack to Radiate Gladiolus spikes flat in a shallow container

Build up a design in a shallow container by stacking it by threading the plant material into the teeth of a pin cushion in three levels.

7 August 2019 Use a drinking straw to push foliage horizontally deep into a Kenzan to leave space for stems to rest on top of them

The teeth of a Kenzan (or pin cushion) is rather sharp. Here is a pain free way of pushing down the plant material into the teeth to keep it securely in place.

12 May 2021 A radiating, gradient carnation design in a shallow container

A bit of Kenzan support for a floating shallow container design

25 May 2022 Give a single upright bleeding heart flower a view through a leafy hole

Flair open a leathery leaf to craft a frame a single bleeding heart flower on its long stem.

Related Designs

26 August 2015 Bent

Weave a wreath from sweetpea stems and tendrils

30 December 2015 Achoo! Season

Fold and roll a rose from Eucalyptus leaves

4 September 2019 Gently down the stream

A mindful summer craft using banana leaves to create a floating arrangement.

15 November 2017 Alchemy

Gently stand leaves upright in a Kenzan

12 June 2019 Almost... all over!

Loop a grass veil over a lily stem to create a minimalist summer design.

18 February 2015 Snail Away

Spiral roll a snail to add to this sunny design

7 August 2019 Point Out: this is a single bunch of gladiolus!

Cut stems of Gladiolus to place in a radiating summer design.

12 May 2021 It’s up there

Whether it’s a solid foot for floating flowers, the tips of new growth or the curve of a dried twig your design needs help to stay upright.

25 May 2022 Grateful Heart

Frame a single perfect Bleeding heart flower in a leaf dot.